Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Coblenz and Ehrenbreitstein

c.1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 139 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20261
Turner Bequest CCXXII B

Display caption

The distant silhouette of Ehrenbreitstein, high above the confluence of the Rhine and the Mosel, was visible for miles to the traveller journeying down the Mosel. Turner recorded it several times in pencil sketches but this brilliantly coloured study does not correspond precisely to any of these and is, above all, a generalised and impressionistic recollection of his experiences.

Gallery label, August 2004

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